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California Latino Legislative Caucus statement on President Biden’s Asylum Executive Order

  Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes, Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, issued a statement on behalf of the caucus regarding President Joe Biden’s executive order barring migrants from receiving asylum.

Sabrina Cervantes, Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus.

“As the chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, I urge President Joe Biden to remember the promises he made and reconsider implementing an asylum ban. This ban could significantly restrict access to asylum, an essential human right that has been enshrined in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that has been available for decades to people fleeing their home countries due to a well-founded fear of persecution.

“The Latino Caucus is steadfast in our commitment to vehemently oppose anti-immigrant or fear-mongering rhetoric that dehumanizes individuals who are risking their lives. As a nation, we cannot afford to return to Trump-era immigration policies that threaten the lives of refugees or delegitimize migrants for the sake of political expediency. These policies would only criminalize the fundamentally human act of fleeing from violence, torture, or oppression.

“I urge President Biden to reverse his executive order and listen to the hundreds of immigration advocates and California’s own United States Senator, Alex Padilla, who have led on immigration reform and rethinking our broken immigration system, which has not been updated in nearly 40 years. Both California and our country deserve a functioning immigration system that is humane, efficient and secure. The Biden Administration should create legal pathways for those coming here to work or join family and legalize the 11 million undocumented people with deep family and economic roots in the United States.”

About California Latino Legislative Caucus
Since its creation in 1973, the California Latino Legislative Caucus has grown in number and stature. There are now a record 38 members of the caucus, including 35 legislators, three constitutional officeholders, and a historic majority of 21 Latina members. The caucus boasts a rich history of empowerment and legislative and political success. It serves as one of the most influential and strategic organizations in California, focusing primarily on improving the quality of life for California’s Latino working families.